The Visual Writer’s Writing Day

The Visual Writer’s Writing Day

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After publishing the last Friday Reflections post, I dove back into my novel. I settled into my study and shut the door on all other responsibilities. My Italian mask kept watch to deter distractions. Call me crazy, but I also went through the house and shut a few more doors for a clearer mental barrier between my novel and anything that threatened to press against the study door. Do you ever…

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Friday Reflections - Tips on Fiction Writing

Friday Reflections – Tips on Fiction Writing

Recently I’ve moved toward non-fiction side: writing articles, posting blogs, and editing everything. And I mean everything. This week I was even promoted to Lead Writer at StoryForge–which I’m really excited about. But as a result of all my freelance activity, my fiction is getting shoved in the corner. It’s time to pick up the pace. My novel is so very close to the finis. So, for some…

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From the Forge: Key Benefits of Collaboration

From the Forge: Key Benefits of Collaboration

People balance us when we go a little crazy: encouraging us when we drag our feet, checking us when we rush into the blue, and critiquing us when our heads get swollen. After dealing with all of our manic behavior, hopefully they are still willing to collaborate with us.

Teamwork enables amazing opportunities, yet risks great hurt. Though I want to address potential cons and how to avoid them,…

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Get Paid! The Anatomy of a Writer’s Paycheck

Get Paid! The Anatomy of a Writer’s Paycheck

13483674021616Today I’m not just talking about the satisfaction of a job well done; I’m talking business. Rates, skills, and time.

Alongside my usual freelance work, I recently edited friends’ grad school portfolios and cover letters. I’m happy to help them out; I’m invested in their success and I want to support them however I can. But far too many people out there don’t realize the pecuniary worth of a…

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Friday Reflections: Write Your Heart Out

Friday Reflections: Write Your Heart Out

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Let’s start writing! …just give me a minute make some tea, okay?

Since I’ve been talking a lot about business and freelancing lately, I thought that today I should get back to my roots. Here are a few writing challenges to get you going:

2014 April PAD Challenge: FAQs (and Tips)” – Though we’re a few days late with this peom-a-day challenge, Robert Lee Brewer from Writer’s Digestencourages…

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oliviawhen:

Sometimes I wonder what it’d be like to turn to a life of crime. Probably the same.

So. True. 

From the Forge: The Art of Collaboration Part 1

From the Forge: The Art of Collaboration Part 1

Art can be a lonely endeavor. Your muse spills onto a canvas, a page, a screen—and that intense focus often requires solitude. Your mind delves into invisible worlds, trying to pull slivers of imagination into reality. It takes a lot of work to communicate your original vision but, no matter what, it will be a shadowy simulacra of the original thought. Though solitude can be a helpful meditation…

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A writer is a world trapped in a person.

Victor Hugo

(via thatkindofwoman)

How do you feel about Mr. Oxford Comma?

How do you feel about Mr. Oxford Comma?

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Our Dapper Oxie

I settle back on a red leather chaise and self-consciously adjust my glasses. The shrink sits across from me, hunched over the clip board that rests on his knees. His loafers press together, like the dot to his question mark. After a little hemming and hawing, he finally looks up and asks:

“How do you feel about this old friend you’ve told me about? This Oxford Comma?”

I…

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Friday Reflections: Generous Networking

Friday Reflections: Generous Networking

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I believe that Roberts is referring to Stephen King’s advice from “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” which I would highly recommend.

With the advent of social media, creatives can link directly to their audiences, creating informational immediacy, revolutionizing professional relationships, and necessitating business savvy. See the articles below to discover the best advice from the online…

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